- The United States is said to be developing new plans
for a war in North Korean that would bypass the demilitarised zone dividing
the two Koreas and target the leadership in Pyongyang.
- The plan is based on the success of US-led forces in
Iraq in quickly reaching the capital, Baghdad.
- US officials quoted by Reuters said the plan would involve
the consolidation of the US and South Korean forces in two areas away from
the demilitarised zone.
- If war broke out, the forces would skirt the demilitarised
zone and head for Pyongyang. "This is Kim Jong-il's worst nightmare,"
one official said.
- It was estimated that the recently announced $US11 billion
($17 billion) upgrade of the capabilities of US forces in South Korea would
give them the ability to "take down" North Korea's heavy presence
on the border within an hour of war breaking out.